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Winter time in the Albertina

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When your SV explorer went to visit Albertina a couple of days ago, he expected to have a relaxing, quiet museum visit with no major surprises. But the surprises starting popping up from the first room. The ground floor hosts the exhibition of Niko Pirosmani. Born in Georgia in 1862 (part of Russian Empire at…

Donaukanal then and now

City Tour of Vienna

As soon as temperatures in Vienna make drinking outside possible, the Donaukanal floods with life. The sport lovers who keep the place alive throughout the year suddenly find themselves drowned in a sea of people who just want to talk and drink on the pavement. One can easily imagine that this was not always the…

The Art of the Viennese Watercolor

City Tour of Vienna

Have you ever wondered how Vienna looked like in the “old days”? If yes, there is currently an exhibition at the Albertina where you will see old Vienna and much more: “The Art of the Viennese Watercolor”. The exhibition shows city views, landscapes, portraits, genre paintings, and floral works. These include Vienna and other places….

The story of the Hall of the Muses

Vienna City Tours

The other day your SV explorer visited the Albertina and managed to visit some of the beautiful rooms of the building. One of these rooms is the Musensaal (“Hall of the Muses”) that, as the name suggests, hosts sculptures of the nine Greek goddesses who preside over the arts and sciences.  A sculpture of the…

The story of Berti and Mimi

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Have you heard of Berti and Mimi? He was a Duke and she was a member of the Habsburg family. They married in 1766 and the story goes that these two really loved each other and that they were also passionate art collectors. The story also goes that they started their art collection in 1776…

Vienna’s first picture

As a follower of SV (and perhaps also of our Instagram account) you know that for our stories we always try to show you the best pics we can take. But of course, we were not the first to take pictures of Vienna. The first publicly available photographic process was the “daguerreotype”, which was invented…